Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?

Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Westword - Of Meth and Men - Update

Big kudos out to Bob Dorshimer and Rod Rushing on all of the excellent work that they are doing at the Council.

  • By Luke Turf -- In the gay bars, on-line at the “party and plays,” and in the bathhouses where meth-fueled sex runs rampant, “Tina” is still kicking a lot of ass. But gay men in Denver are preparing for the fight of their lives.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health, the Mile High Meth Project is official through December. Some of that money is supporting a weekly Matrix group meeting, where gay men addicted to meth meet for two hours in a cognitive behavioral group process that’s more sbout educating users to the dangers of meth than it is about therapy.

The first week’s discussion focused on how the drug sucks up time. Rod Rushing, a counselor at the Council, a non-profit dedicated to fighting substance abuse, explained that 24 to 36 hours are involved in the process of getting high with meth. That includes getting the drug, prepping it and smoking it, staying high for hours and then spending hours more coming down before you try to find more meth.

Read the update here

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